Pro Demos


May 6th - Les Thorne

After roughing down, shaping the outside Drilling a centre hole Hollowing out with a led light Reverse chucking with a

attached to the rest neoprene pad faceplate


Sanding off the rest of the Applying pickling vinegar

foot with a pad on a drill which has had wire wool The base showing the

Removing the foot extension in it The finished piece foot treatment

Next - a hollow form, after After drilling a centre hole After hollowing out using a sanding pad on the Mark's special inside sander made from

roughing down here shaping hollowing out end of a drill piece a coat hanger

the outside


Buffing the piece after applying

Removing the foot polishing compound to a wheel The finished piece

Next a Ginger Jar (Asian style) in ripple sycamore


Shaping the outside then after reversing the piece, hollowing out the inside a final refining of the outside

Making the lid the finished piece


A piece in walnut


After roughing out & making spigots/feet then reversing and hollowing out

here shaping the base

After roughing down here shaping a spigot After reversing the piece , more shaping then starting to holllow out the inside



Refining the top inside with a special tool another reverse to shape and then remove the base spigot using a profiile gauge to check the curve

with the aim to make it continuous flow

from outside to inside the 'legs'.

Cutting the legs and smooting the curve the legs now completed ebonising the wood power brushing off any

loose particles.

.cutting an assymetrical groove Applying goold leaf to the inside the finished piece

then painting it

May 21 Chris Pouncy

With a prepared piece Chris uses here with the tool vertically applied after colouring , the finished piece

the tool horizontally across the piece



Here making a spiralling effect the finished piece



Having marked out the Having drawn the cut control lines 'drilling' the centre out from deepening the cuts with

horizontal start lines starting the cut the end an arbortech disc whilst

now marking the pitch lines rotating the piece by hand



Deepening the cuts to Sanding the profile with a Sanding the 'inside' faces with the 'finished' piece sufficient to the

break through to the home-made sanding stick a sanding strip threaded through to show the techniques

centre with a powered

burr tool

Cutting the spirals with a burr tool smooting with strips of sanding the finished goblet


Pigtail Twist

Marking out a complicated set Cuting with hte big arbortech situation prior to clean up the finished article

With spigots at each end here Hollowing out the top test fitting the base to top Carving with a mini arbortech tool

shaping the piece



Now fully carved Airbrushing colour on removing a spigot the finished piece




Mark Sanger - November 16 2017



Mark gave an entertaining and very informative demo whilst turning.

Unfortunately I was unable to be there all day so there are details of

only 2 pieces.He began by emphasising safety in turning. He always

wears a face mask.Then he stressed the importance of sharp tools.

Most interestingly he then explained his method of angles of tool

presentation to the work for various tools and their types of cut.



Gary Rance Sat 9 June 2018


Gary gave us an entertaining day with demos of no less than 9 pieces! (not all shown) Also during his demo he gave many useful tips , including the importance of stance as well as the applicability, technique and method of use of certain tools, This included tools that he had specially adapted. Whilst he was demonstrating he quickly gained a rapport with members showing a great sense of humour!


His first demo was a special salt cellar shaped like a bell (as right) .

When filled with salt and shaken from side to side no salt will appear but if shaken up & down then it will. This involves a special inside funnel.

Shaping the 'inside' funnel now parted off Hollowing out the bell


Showing a handle with a marking turning the handle With the funnel inserted in the bell

board (template) here shaping the outside


To make this (shown right) Gary has a special circular 'jig' which is in two halves.This is shaped with an off-set centre. A piece of decorative wood is shaped to fit and then drilled as well as contoured (left).The piece is then reversed in the 'jig' so that it is finished on both sides. He finished it with sander/sealer and lacquer. He pointed out that there are different techniques for end grain and cross grain pieces to avoid 'tearing'. A useful piece for using up odd bits of 'good' wood.

Humming top This consists of two parts , - handle and cylinder

Shaping the rod piece of the cylinder After shaping the body and parting off a lid The lid placed back and pencil marked

now hollowing out


the finished cylinder shaping the handle the finished piece

Apple Initial shaping a finished laburnam piece with a twig for a stalk and a clove top



Frame using a spare 'middle'

Contouring the edge cutting the middle out Shaping the front on an expanding



the finished piece (below)

Tip over top - Initial shaping whilst

(right) cutting the inside

with left the finished top .

Gary emphasised that the base should not be pointed otherwise it will not 'tip over'. The decoration was made with felt tip pens. Happy to say that this one worked!





On the right a selection of Gary's work.



Starting on a dish Hollowing out . note position of hand and Marking with a special type of pyrography

and the rest machine with a loop shaped wire




the dish with the circle marked Now a line at the rim after a groove cut the finished piece with another formica

Mark uses a formica edge piece to make the colour marking. Bowl part has been spirit stained

A deep bowl in Holm (?) Oak starting to hollow Showing the hollowing action Long view


after reversing the piece, shaping the base the finished piece

Les gave a very interesting demo in a joivial manner with amusing quips as well as useful hints & tips along the way.


He demonstrated 3 pieces :- a carved and decorated box, an ash bowl decorated with torching and lime wax and a wet elm natural edge bowl..


He aslo gave a quick but useful guide on that bete noire of turners , the skew chisel, even showing that you could use a screwdriver in certain places when sharpened

Torched liming waxed bowl. Shaping the Texturing with abead-type tool Torching then brushing off excess bits

outside of the Ash bowl




Torching the rim Applying liming wax into the grooves The finished piece

Wet Elm natural edge bowl Shaping the outside After reversing piece removing the inside going deeper




Checking thickness with a light inside the finished piece from the top and the side

Stuart Mortimer - February 27 2016

Stuart, the legendary turner of spiral work , gave an amazing demo of his techniques. He produced no less than 6 pieces (5 shown here), giving one a good grasp of this form of turning. At the same time interspersing hints and tips along the way with a good few for beginners in a gentle and amusing manner.


He explained about the different twists and added that while it was possible to do these with hand tools, he now preferred using various power tools.

As with many experts, Stuart made the cutting look easy but great care must be taken particularly when the large arbortech disk is fitted to an angle grinder as it is quite easy for it to 'run away' . (my own experience - rs)


His first piece (shown below) in russian pine was an open double twist.

Second piece was a twisted hollow form in Beech

Truing up the blank after shaping he marked up marking the cut lines Hollowing out

the pitch lines


Using a light to check for Cutting through with a Proxxon the end product finished just enough to show the

even thickness power tool technique invovled


Spiral Finial

Initial shaping then after marking out here cutting with the small smooting the cut with a burr power finished to show the effect

arbortech tool tool



After initial shaping here starting more hollowing out with the tailstock now supporting the cup here

to cut the goblet cup of the cup shaping the stem

Chris from Robert Sorby Tools demonstrated 3 of his company's specialist tools.

He started by emphasising the importance of sharpening your tools although he did not show the company's latest sharpening jig/tool.







First up were the texturing and spiraling tools



Using the eccentric chuck fitment where the

centre can be offset in any direction the finished example



Mark Hancock - April 4

Mark gave an entertaining but also very instructive and enjoyable demo with many tips relating to many aspects of turning.


Apologies for the background to many of the photos. the demo is held in a childrens 'kindergarten room'.


Mark used spalted sycamore for his first piece.


For his second piece, Mark made a 'rocking vessel'. This is a piece which is not meant to stand but lay on its side and rock

Explaining the shape After roughing down here shaping then after reversing , making the then the vertical grooves

the piece ring grooves with an also with the arbortech tool

arbortech tool


Refining the grooves Air brushing colour onto the piece one he'd made earlier having had

a similar 'ebonising'




Mark Baker - November 15th


Mark , who is Editor of Woodturning magazine, gave a very

enlighting demo packed with useful tips and produced

no less than 5 pieces of work all of which were interesting


He remarked that it was always very useful to study

shapes of artefacts of ancient civilisations as well as ceramics to obtain a different slant for turning work.


His first piece was a lidded bowl in Sycamore.

After roughing down and creating a spigot for later, Mark is here shaping the outside. Note the OG shape just below the rim.




Making beads All beads now created After reversing the piece & making a spigot

here cutting the lid from the base

Shaping the inside of the bowl . The lid back on being shaped the finished lid on the base

note the shaping by the rim to

take the lid.


The outside of the bowl and the inside

A Tea Light holder in ply.


Having roughed out the block to a

cylinder and cutting spigots both Having hollowed out the light recess and after reversing the

ends, starting to shape the body here shaping the neck piece onto a wood jam chuck now

removing the spigot



The finished piece Next a dish/lid - here refining the shape then cutting beads & spaces as decoration


the finished piece Here fitting a tea light holder he'd made earlier

Final hollowing with a scraper to obtain the finished piece

'thin ness'


A negative rake scraper used by Mark A bristle brush used for 'cleaning abd finishing between beads

Mark Sanger - Apriil 19th

Mark gave an excellent demo providing many tips and pointers

along the way, including safety aspects and his ideas on

proportion. As shown below,he had ingenious methods of

sanding inside a hollow form.


His first piece was a coloured bowl.